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Mountain Mama Doula now offers Childbirth Education in the Mad River Valley of Vermont or in the comfort of your own home at your convenience.

I am happy to announce that I have completed my CAPPA certification process for Childbirth Education and I will be offering both private and group classes to families in a cozy and comfortable setting in the Mad River Valley.

Classes will take place in Moretown, VT and will include evidence based traditional childbirth information, birth visualization, comfort techniques for labor, delicious snacks in a relaxing atmosphere and so much more!

Whether you are planning on a hospital or home birth, Childbirth Education classes are a great way to prepare for the big day and beyond! Mountain Mama Doula offers families a safe place to come and learn at your own pace at your convenience.

Please contact me for scheduling and further details at mountainmamavt@gmail.com or (802) 522-3829

In addition to Childbirth Education classes, Mountain Mama Doula continues to offer labor and postpartum doula services to Washington and Chittenden counties in Vermont.

What is a Labor Doula?

A doula is a person who attends the birthing family before, during, and just after the birth of the baby. The certified doula is trained to deliver emotional support from home to hospital, ease the transition into the hospital environment, and be there through changing hospital shifts and alternating provider schedules. The doula serves as a labor coach and information source to give the mother and her partner the added comfort of additional support throughout the entire labor. She encourages and promotes self-advocacy, informed choice, and excellent communication between the mother and care providers. There are a variety of titles used by women offering these kinds of services such as “birth assistant,” “labor support specialist” and “doula”.

What Does a CAPPA Doula Do?

The following is a general description of what you might expect from a CAPPA certified labor doula. Typically, doulas meet with the parents in the second or third trimester of the pregnancy to get acquainted and to learn about prior birth experiences and the history of this pregnancy. She may help you develop a birth plan, teach relaxation, visualization, and breathing skills useful for labor. Most importantly, the doula will provide comfort, support, and information about birth options.

A doula can help the woman to determine prelabor from true labor and early labor from active labor. At a point determined by the woman in labor, the doula will come to her and assist her by:

  • Helping her to rest and relax
    Providing support for the woman’s partner
    Encouraging nutrition and fluids in early labor
    Assisting her in using a variety of helpful positions and comfort measures
    Constantly focus on the comfort of both the woman and her partner
    Helping the environment to be one in which the woman feels secure and confident
    Providing her with information on birth options

A doula works cooperatively with the health care team. In the event of a complication, a doula can be a great help in understanding what is happening and what options the family may have. The doula may also help with the initial breastfeeding and in preserving the privacy of the new family during the first hour after birth.

~CAPPA

What does a Labor and Postpartum Doula do?

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and partner before, during and after a birth, as well as during the postpartum period.

Mountain Mama Doula offers support to the birthing mother and family before, during, and after a birth. I offer assistance with birth plans and intentions, labor support, relaxation techniques, assistance in comfort measures, emotional support, photography (as time and circumstances allow), educational resources and communication facilitation between the mother and partner and care providers.

Studies have shown that when a doula is present at a birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A postpartum doula offers support to the family after a new baby arrives. So many families today live far away from their relatives and parents, and it can be hard to rely on them for immediate or long term postpartum support. The arrival of new baby can be a challenging time filled with questions, worry, and lack of time to do everything necessary to ease the transition into being a new family.

A postpartum doula can take the stress out of the equation by providing support and confidence to new parents while taking care of the little (and not so little) things in the home, allowing the parents to focus on bonding and caring for their newborn. Postpartum doulas have been shown to lower incidence of postpartum mood disorders, increase breast feeding success rates, educate parents in the areas of infant soothing, household management and infant care, while focusing on creating a nurturing environment for the entire family.

Mountain Mama Doula loves to nurture and nourish growing families with care, emotional support, delicious food, information resources and sibling care.